Betty Lou Atencio, age 75, our beloved mother, was called to her eternal resting place on Thursday, June 25, 2020. She entered this world on March 9, 1945, in San Francisco, CA, born to Roman Atencio Jr. and Josefita Valdez Atencio. She is survived by her husband and soulmate, Carlos G. Atencio; her children, Josefita, Carlos Primitivo, Susan and Chris, Antonio and Diego; her beloved grandsons, Carlos Gabriel, Esteban, Nicholas, Alejandro; and her treasured granddaughter, Paloma Dru; her last surviving sibling, Alfonso Atencio; many beloved nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Betty was born with a soul and spirit that was unequaled. Her passions in life included visiting and laughing with family and friends, taking care of her little dogs, gardening, attending yard sales, trips to the casino, dreaming of her cabin in northern New Mexico, giving gifts to and sharing her world with those who knew her, and roasting and eating pinon. She especially enjoyed every occasion to gather with her family, and her family always gravitated to where she was. She took the utmost pride in being a good wife, momma, granny, and friend. She left an indelible mark on those who had the pleasure of knowing her, from the delicacies she was able to conjure in the kitchen...to the stories she would tell of her life and memories...to the many adventures that were the basis of the stories she would tell. She taught many valuable lessons in life, but the most lasting and important lesson she offered to everyone who knew her was "love".
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